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Xtrackers by DWS switches more ETFs to MSCI Select ESG Screened indices


Xtrackers by DWS has further expanded its range of ETFs tracking MSCI Select ESG Screened indices while also cutting fees on certain products. 

Xtrackers MSCI World High Dividend Yield UCITS ETF has switched to become Xtrackers MSCI World ESG Screened UCITS ETF. Its annual all-in fee (total expense ratio) moves from 0.29 per cent to 0.19 per cent. Xtrackers Russell Midcap UCITS ETF is now Xtrackers MSCI USA ESG Screened UCITS ETF, with its annual all-in fee moving from 0.35 per cent to 0.07 per cent. Xtrackers MSCI Europe Mid Cap UCITS ETF switches to become Xtrackers MSCI Europe ESG Screened UCITS ETF. Its annual all-in fee falls from 0.25 per cent to 0.12 per cent. Xtrackers MSCI EMU Minimum Volatility UCITS ETF has become Xtrackers MSCI EMU ESG Screened UCITS ETF, with its annual all-in fee also falling from 0.25 per cent to 0.12 per cent. Xtrackers MSCI AC World UCITS ETF is now Xtrackers MSCI AC World ESG Screened UCITS ETF. Its annual all-in fee remains constant at 0.25 per cent. 

Finally, Xtrackers JPX-Nikkei 400 UCITS ETF, which has four share classes, has become Xtrackers MSCI Japan ESG Screened UCITS ETF. The 0.20 per cent annual all-in fee on the 1D share class moves from 0.20 per cent to 0.15 per cent, with the annual all-in fee on the GBP-hedged (2D), EUR-hedged (3C) and USD-hedged (4C) share classes falling from 0.30 per cent to 0.25 per cent. (See product table for summary).

The latest expansion of the Xtrackers ESG suite follows the completion last month of a programme converting nine existing Europe equity sector Xtrackers ETFs to MSCI Select ESG Screened underlying indices, with corresponding product name changes. The firm writes that its ETFs harness MSCI’s ESG research processes and combine the index provider’s established ESG screened methodology with additional filtering for conventional weapons and other areas while also removing the worst ESG ‘laggards’ in terms of MSCI’s ESG rating system. 

“This ambitious programme of switches, alongside fee cuts on certain ETFs to keep them as competitive as possible, creates an extensive range of Xtrackers ESG ETFs which we are confident will be well received by the investment community,” says Michael Mohr, DWS Head of Passive Products.

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